TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and TEDx was created to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate relevant dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. These events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, and every Tuesday we’re featuring a talk from a Michigan TEDx – many more at TEDxMichigan and you can also click for a list of TEDx events in Michigan!
The theme of this year’s TEDxMacatawa was “Do More Good.” They brought together a group of 16 local “Doing Leaders” to share their stories, ideas, hopes and dreams and show how adventurous, passionate people are creating a collective “Good” in the community through the confluence of Technology, Entertainment and Design. You can see all the speakers at that link!
Chris Klein is a voice to those that have none and helping hand to those with disabilities, even though he was born with cerebral palsy and uses augmentative communication to help him interact with the rest of the world. Over the past four years, Chris has been working closely with people that use AAC. He has recently been elected president of USSAAC (United States Society of Augmentative Alternative Communication). He has also formed an organization called BeCOME AAC. It stands for Building Connections with Others through Mentoring and Education about AAC.
We hope you enjoy his talk on augmentative communication, and that it helps you feel a little more comfortable interacting with people who use AAC and in seeing their unique abilities and talents.